Decentralization: Why the EU May Be Better than the US

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“Over the years, I’ve been pretty hard on the European Union. Both as an editor and a writer, I’ve published articles criticizing its central bank and its unelected, bureaucratic central government. Especially objectionable is the EU ruling class’s propensity for cynical politics built around threatening and intimidating voters and national governments who don’t conform to Brussels’ wishes. … Yet, for all of the EU’s insistence on moving in the wrong direction — that is, the direction of political centralization — the EU remains remarkably decentralized by American standards. Indeed, when it comes to its degree of centralization, and the degree to which the central bureaucracy exercises control over member states, the EU is far superior to the United States.” (05/28/21)